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Harold Lee Little
October 5, 1955 ~ January 24, 2024 (age 68) 68 Years Old
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The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever. Psalms 23
Mr. Harold Lee Little was born October 5, 1955, to the union of Willie Lee and Madie B. (Thompson) Little at St. Andrews Hospital in Murphysboro, IL. He was the seventh child of eleven (11) children. Like most of the family, he grew up attending Mt. Gilead Baptist Church. He received his formal education from Murphysboro Township School System and graduated from Murphysboro Township High School in 1975. He also attended classes at John A. Logan Jr. College in Carbondale, IL.
He then relocated to East St. Louis, IL where he was employed by Illinois Power Company as a meter reader. Afterward, he returned to Murphysboro where he met and married the love of his life, Rose Smysor. They had no children together. He loved his many nieces and nephews. He loved to do things with them like playing games and doing outdoor activities such as walking, playing ball, bicycling, fishing, and going to yard sales looking for antiques.
After marrying Rose, they moved to St. Joseph MI where they lived for several years, and then moved to the Phoenix Arizona area where they lived for eight years. They then moved to Christiansted, St. Croix, USVI where they bought a home and lived together for 30 years until her death. He was employed by the Hess refinery as a millwright. He continued to live in St. Croix until he became ill in 2018 and needed surgery and was convinced by his “Big Brother” as he was affectionately referred to by Harold to move to Benton Harbor to be close to him and where he could get better medical care than was available on the island.
He bought a home in Benton Harbor in 2018 and moved his companion “Big Dog” from the Island to be with him. Each summer his great nephew, Kaiden Little came to Benton Harbor to visit his grandfather Alex and his uncle Harold who took him walking with “Big Dog”, fishing, flying his drone, and bought him whatever he wanted. In 2023, his niece Alexis and great-niece Catherine came to live with him
Harold enjoyed his time in Benton Harbor with his Big Brother, his dog, his friend Terry, and his family. He kept in close touch with his many friends on St. Croix. He especially enjoyed his sister-in-law’s cooking and she seemed to enjoy preparing dishes that he liked. He liked doing things with big brother Alex, helping him with fixing things around his and his brother’s house, riding in the truck snow ploying, taking care of the yard in summer, watching sports together, and sometimes taking a road trip together to visit home and his other brothers and sisters. He regularly called his nieces Suzanne Little and Lynn, Ralph’s daughter, his friends on the island, Jan and her boys Eddie and Elton, and many others. He was the kindest, gentlest person you ever wanted to meet.
Although his heart surgery was successful, he still continued to have some difficulty from time to time. On the evening of January 24, his heart gave out as God called him home to rest. He will be sorely missed by his family and friends.
He leaves to cherish his memories his oldest brother Alexandre and his wife, Michelle (Malone) of Benton Harbor, his sisters Marsha Fowler, Georgia Jolivay, Gloria, and Madiejolena Little; his brothers, Tim, Riley, and Joenathan Little, and a host of nephews, nieces.
He is preceded in death by his wife Rose (Smysor), his parents Willie Lee and Madie B (Thompson), his older brother Ralph, sister Polly Anna Fossie his Grandparents William and Josephine (Robinson) Little, and his nephew Derek Fossie.
. Funeral services and burial will be held next Saturday, February 10, 2024, at Mt. Gilead Baptist Church, 520 N. 17th Street, Murphysboro, IL 62966.